John on January 23, 2006 at 2:04 pm
By way of Magic Statistics blog I found this excellent piece on the history of Molech worship. For those who don’t know, Molech was a cult which practiced child sacrifice. The author connects the practice to abortion.
There is a meme out there which claims that the Bible doesn’t say anything about abortion. This is almost certainly wrong. There are numerous references to the life of the unborn in the Old Testament.
In the New Testament Paul forbids practicing “witchcraft” or “sorcery” The word used is Pharmakeia, which could be better translated as “potions” or “drugs” or “poisons.” One of the primary uses of potions in the first century (and earlier) was as an abortion inducing drug. Most people today are unfamiliar with this, but Paul would certainly have been aware of it. Thus when we look at the context of Paul’s statement in Galatians 5:19-20: “the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, pharmakeia, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions…” It seems clear that he is offering a list of sins which stem from lust of the flesh. And in this list he places “potions” or “poisons.” This is almost certainly a direct condemnation of abortion.
Such an interpretation is supported by the fact that the historic witness of the church on this issue is crystal clear beginning in the first century. Modern denominations (Presbyterians, Methodists and others) whose leadership capitulates on this issue have lost their way. No wonder then that these same denominations are losing their membership by the day.
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